Q: I received a no insurance ticket in illinois but i had insurance just no proof, I still have proof what do I do?
I was in my mothers vehicle. I was an insure driver on the vehicle. I was pulled over for a broken taillight. The ticketing officer told me to show my proof of insurance to the county clerk no sooner than 7 days and no later than 30 days and they would return my license. On day 27 I went to the county clerks office at the court house and they informed me I missed my court date. They didn't give me my license back and said I have a $2000 fine. This was on 12/22/2011 I haven't had my license since that night. The fine has now increased to $3,919.43 what can I do??
A: Hello Asker,
First of all, this is quite old so you will certainly want to hire an attorney for this case as it will require a motion to vacate the judgment. Typically, the court will not entertain a motion on a case older than two years and they prefer them to be within 30 days. Seeing as how your case is over 5 years old, you should expect to hire an attorney to ensure that the court will even assist you.
Second, if you have proof of insurance that you can present to the court, this can be used to help eliminate the fines and also remove the offense from your record. As for your license, it may be possible to get back but it will likely be very expired so you will likely need to renew it anyway.
Lastly, when it comes to older cases, the court usually wants things done correctly the first time. If there are multiple attempts to relitigate an old case, the judges quickly lose patience. For this reason, you will likely want to hire an attorney and get it right the first time. Doing it right the first time can also save you on motion filing fees as well as time off work to appear in court. With an attorney, this case can also be resolved without your needing to personally be present in court.
Hope that helps and let me know if you have any questions.
Jason A. Wilkins
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